I want to write so badly this morning. I have so much I wanted to say. And yet. I can’t. I’ve hit a wall. I feel that familiar tension of frustration.
I remember that my best ideas always seem to come when I stop searching for them, and I relax for a moment. I sigh. I go and make a cup of tea. My mind is still busy. I’m aware of this as I scoop honey into my tea. I stir, the spoon scraping the side of the cup. I laugh at the irony of this moment: I feel like the crazy white lady from Get Out – with Catherine Keener-esque bedhead, wrapped in a vaguely culturally appropriative shawl, stirring her tea, hypnotizing herself in the kitchen.
And boom — it hits me.
This experience of Writer’s Block is just a misunderstanding. It’s a moment of forgetting what writing is for.
I take my tea, my shawl, and my bedhead — go back to my computer. I write it all down, frustration and all, allowing the unknown to linger.
I remember that I write not because of what I want to say, but because of what I want to explore.
The words flow freely now. I am on my way.
Brooke Bishop is a mentor, writer, and student of Divine Play’s Train the Trainer Certificate program. She teaches clarity to creatives, activists, and educators – helping you gain greater access to your own best ideas – anytime, anywhere. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon with her partner, where the grass is actually greener. www.brookebishop.com